Port Arthur: $60M Alligator Bayou Pump Station underwayPort Arthur: $60M Alligator Bayou Pump Station underwayhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=31702014-09-05T07:07:00Z2014-09-05T00:00:00Z

PORT ARTHUR - Construction of the $60 million Alligator Bayou Pump Station Annex, a Jefferson County Drainage District 7 (DD7) project designed to help manage the area’s canal system, is underway. The project will be jointly funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and DD7.

The Alligator Bayou watershed drains 60 percent of the district, which includes Port Arthur, Groves, Port Neches and Nederland. DD7 is the largest drainage district along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Phil Kelley, DD7 manager, said DD7 first realized the need for an additional pump station after a district wide study recommended more pumping capacity for the 35-mile drainage district.

Original plans for the additional pump station were designed to alter the gravity flow structure, but had to be reworked after Hurricane Rita blew through Southeast Texas in 2005, and again as the result of Hurricane Ike three years later.

The review process for the new design took two years, and the price increased to $60 million. Most of the additional cost was for construction of a cofferdam, built to isolate the construction site and keep it from flooding.

The new station will have six pumps, each capable of pumping 250,000 gallons per minute, or a total of 1.5 million gallons per minute.

Kelley said the project should be completed by September 2016 but could go over because of delays. In that case, DD7 would work with FEMA to extend the time frame.

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